Colorado Avalanche fire Joe Sacco after missing playoffs

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Parenteau for the team’s scoring lead with 43 points. “It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what caused it.” Things got so bad that veteran goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere questioned the team’s heart earlier this month, ranting that some of the players were more focused on postseason vacation plans in Las Vegas than their performance on the ice. That got their attention, too, as the team went 3-2-2 down the stretch against teams that had already clinched playoff berths or were contending for remaining spots. “I know we have character in this room. We’ve shown that, with how well we can play,” said Giguere, whose team finished 16-25-7. “It’s never too late to start building on something positive and trying to change something — a losing attitude into a winning attitude.” It’s certainly been an educational year for Gabriel Landeskog, who became the youngest player in NHL history to assume the captaincy role. The rookie of the year in 2011-12 missed 11 games with a concussion this season and scored nine goals. “There are going to be some bumps in the road, but I’d rather take those now and get better,” Landeskog said. Landeskog certainly had a good mentor, frequently calling Hall of Famer and former Avs captain Joe Sakic for advice on how to lead a team. “It’s good to know he’s a phone call away,” Landeskog said. Glad he was picked as a captain at such a young age? source:

Avalanche Wins No. 1 Pick At Draft Lottery

1 Pick At Draft Lottery Colorado Will Have The First Overall Selection At This Summer’s Draft After Winning The NHL Draft Lottery Monday, 04.29.2013 / 8:25 PM / News By Colorado Avalanche Print TORONTO – The Colorado Avalanche will have the No. 1 overall selection at the 2013 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday night. The 2013 NHL Draft will be held on Sunday, June 30, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Avalanche, which finished 29th out of 30 teams this past season, entered the lottery with an 18.8% chance of winning. Florida had the best chance at 25.0%. All 14 clubs not qualifying for the playoffs were eligible to win the first overall pick. “This is an exciting night for our organization and our fans,” said Avalanche Director of Amateur Scouting Richard Pracey. “Having the first overall pick allows us to add an elite prospect to an already solid group of young players.” Colorado will make the No. 1 overall selection for the first time since the team moved from Quebec prior to the 1995-96 season. The Avalanche/Nordiques franchise has drafted first overall on three previous occasions: 1989 ( Mats Sundin ), 1990 ( Owen Nolan ) and 1991 (Eric Lindros). The Avalanche’s previous high draft pick came in 2011 when the club selected Gabriel Landeskog with the second overall choice. source:

Colorado Avalanche win lottery for first overall pick in NHL draft

“It may sound like a cliche or we’re dancing but that isn’t the case. We firmly believe in building our list the right way and we’ll make our decisions based on our core scouting beliefs that we think have served us well in the past.” The lottery adopted a different format this year, with all of the 14 non-playoff teams having a shot at the first overall pick. In previous years, the lottery-winning team could move up no more than four spots in the draft order. The remaining teams, in order of selection based upon the lottery, are Tampa Bay, Nashville, Carolina, Calgary, Edmonton, Buffalo, New Jersey, Dallas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Winnipeg and Columbus. The Oilers have made the first pick overall in the last three NHL drafts, becoming the first team to do so since Quebec (1989-1991). This year, all seven rounds will be held on the same day for the first time since 2006. Pracey gave the NHL’s new lottery format the thumbs up, even if it was a little nerve-wracking. “It’s truly exciting, that’s probably the best way to describe it,” he said. “There’s some anxious moments, it’s great it turned out our way.” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said the No. 2 pick will secure his club a talented player but admitted not garnering the top selection stung. source:


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